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Ignore Northern Elders Forum, Buhari Tells Herdsmen

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to ignore a call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) asking Fulani herders to leave the southern part of Nigeria.

A statement by the President’s spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, July 17, is quoted to have said that the President advised all citizens of Nigeria to  live within any part of the country they please.

“In line with our country’s constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will protect citizens of Nigeria wherever they find themselves.

“No one has the right to ask anyone or group to depart from any part of the country, whether North, South, East or West,” Shehu quoted the President as saying.

The presidential aide questioned the intentions of the NEF and the other so-called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice.

He said: “They have no one’s authority to make such pronouncements.

“The polarising role of the Northern Elders Forum and all those other groups dabbling into issues of security to score cheap political points has for long been a sore point in Nigeria’s body polity.

“They should not be allowed to mislead anyone, least of all the Fulani herders.

“The Buhari administration is fully devoted to finding a lasting solution to the herder-farmer clashes in different parts of Nigeria- one that would be acceptable to all the parties involved.’’

According to Shehu, the president called on all Nigerians to help keep the peace in the country.

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